The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s October artist of the month is Carolyn Nixon. Having received a Computer Science degree at the University of Texas at Tyler, she was employed at the University of Texas in Austin as a computer systems analyst until her first retirement. Along the way she briefly dabbled in quilting and oil painting.
In 2011 she committed herself to becoming a serious artist and began working with watercolors. Not having had art lessons or an art background, she learned to paint by studying instruction books, magazine articles, and on-line sites. Painting several hours almost every day, Carolyn discovers what works and what doesn’t. Currently her main interest is abstracts with an emphasis on vibrant colors and experimental techniques.
“Not every painting is a keeper but every one is a teacher. I have the most fun, and often the most success, when I don’t plan a painting’s subject, and simply let the painting unfold. And I don’t mind breaking the “rules” of art to get the effect I want. I’m always trying something new.”
Having discovered a passion for art later in life, she encourages anyone who has felt the artist inside, but has been putting off doing anything about it, to start now. There is a large group of talented and generous artists in Mason ready to support you on your artistic journey.
Carolyn meets regularly with several other artists represented by the Mason Artison Gallery. She is a member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country (FAAHC) and in 2011 was the recipient of the FAAHC Art Show People’s Choice award.
Selections of her work may be seen at the Library during October, the Mason Starving Artists Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, October 27, the FAAHC Art Show on Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, and the Mason Artison Gallery every Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.